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Five Killed in Shootout Over Telephone Bill

March 31, 2003|From Times Wire Reports

A dispute over an unpaid telephone bill turned into a gunfight between two groups of villagers in northern Bangladesh, leaving at least five people dead and 25 injured, police and hospital sources said.

The fight erupted after a customer refused to pay a $50 bill to the owner of a pay phone at a village in the Sunamganj district, 110 miles northeast of the capital, Dhaka, a police officer said.

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